Most people look to their fitness goals for motivation and inspiration when they need a little boost.
They think about the body they’d like to have, the way they’d like to feel, and the life they’d like to have.
In short, they think about what they’re after…. What they’re running (pun intended) toward.
Most of the time, this works as a source of motivation.
But what happens when it doesn’t?
What happens when you know you’d like to lose weight and you know you feel like crap looking the way you do...
You know that you’d love to be about 25 pounds lighter and 2 or 3 sizes smaller….
You know all of this, but the vision of the lighter, more fit & healthy you does nothing to push you toward taking action.
What to do then?
That’s when it is usually a good idea to take a look at the opposite end of the spectrum…
Take a good long look at what you’re running from.
What are you trying to avoid by moving closer to your goals?
In other words, think about what the outcome would be if you kept living like you are now.
Would you develop diabetes? Hypertension? Heart disease? Have a stroke?
Would you no longer be able to hang with a more active group of friends?
Would you lose out on running around with your children or grandchildren?
Would you die an early death?
Yep- those outcomes sure ain’t pretty…. They’re not pleasant to think about, and they probably elicit a bit of discomfort.
If the thought of you losing 25lbs to look better in your clothes doesn’t get you motivated, then I’m guessing the thought of losing 25lbs to avoid early death might….
Now don’t get me wrong- I’m not saying that you have to constantly scare the $#!T out of yourself in order to go to the gym and workout or choose a salad over fried chicken.
But I am saying that a LOT of people get stuck in a rut of wanting to change, wanting to feel better, and knowing why… but they can’t seem to get the ball rolling.
So shaking things up a bit, and making the urgency to create change a lot stronger by rewording the stakes can be a difference maker.
If you’re stuck in a similar position, stop and think about what it is you’re running from?